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The ‘darkness’ to which Jung refers is the ‘personal shadow’, representing all those negative parts of our personality which we have repressed from early childhood, which embarrass and shame us and which we wish to hide.

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13th January 2022

The ‘darkness’ to which Jung refers is the ‘personal shadow’, representing all those negative parts of our personality which we have repressed from early childhood, which embarrass and shame us and which we wish to hide.

Although we may seek to ignore or deny these repressed emotions and behaviours, they will continue to manifest themselves in our everyday life until we learn to face them.

Jung believed that we could never become ‘whole’ until we had undertaken the painful and courageous step of shining a light on these traits.

And until this ‘shadow work’ is achieved, the often destructive, cruel, selfish, angry, even violent and criminal aspects of our character, hitherto repressed, will reappear, often when we least expect them to. They will rear their ugly head when, for example, we are anxious, fearful, feel rejected, put upon or ignored and lash out, without thought or self-control. Moreover, when these feelings are combined with those of others who have similar repressed emotions which are then manipulated, we create the even more terrifying ‘collective shadow’, responsible for the world’s greatest catastrophes, such as the appalling genocides, racial and gender violence and discrimination and cultural destructions which continue to this day.

Hence the need to understand who we really are, deep down, by observing our ego and its shadow and being brutally honest and authentic in facing and managing it, and our future.

Only then can we manage our own toxicity and the toxicity of others. Only then can we truly become ‘enlightened’. Only then can we begin to understand why we feel ‘separate’ even though we are connected; why we are sometimes so critical of others; why we hurt and are unkind to others; why our relationships are not always what we want; and why, ultimately, we come to realise that the path to inner peace and wholeness, ours and the world’s, can only be by Way of absolute Truth and Love…

So many of the world’s greatest religions and philosophies arrive, in the end, at the same place!

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